Roche Harbor is a popular destination on San Juan Island and one of the busiest U.S. Customs ports of entry. Roche Harbor Resort provides lodging, spa services, dining options, and for those that are cooking aboard a well-stocked market. The Company Store, which we often refer to as the Roche Harbor Market, has been serving the…Details
At the Waggoner Cruising Guide, we work to keep our boats in top condition because we can’t afford to have a breakdown while out on one of our flotillas or on summer research visits to marinas up and down the coast. We have come up with a preparing your boat for cruising checklist of how we maintain…Details
When reviewing the chart, James Island Marine State Park located southeast of Thatcher Pass in the San Juan Islands looks like a jigsaw puzzle piece pulled right off nearby Decatur Head. The hourglass-shaped, rustic and delightfully unimproved island has all the makings of a gorgeous marine park. During the summer the park is popular with…Details
How many of us have dreamt and fantasized about buying an old wooden sailboat, fixing it up, and taking off on a real adventure? On your journey, you’d let the wind take you to new destinations, visit small towns, meet interesting characters and maybe even find love. Billy Sparrow’s Tranquility: A Memoir of an American…Details
Imagine being able to create the next generation bareboat charter company using the best minds in the business. Imagine being able to have the financial resources to design and build the optimum line of boats for bareboat and crewed charters. The result is MarineMax Vacations – a next generation charter company in the British Virgin…Details
In the weeks leading up to your trip, the excitement grows. For us, the weather around Seattle and Anacortes cooperated. It was cold and we even had snow! Perfect weather to inspire the packing of bathing suits, shorts, and t-shirts. In Cruising to the Virgin Islands, Part 2, it’s important to square away the details…Details
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We are saddened that Cordero Lodge, a fishing lodge north of Campbell River, was vandalized. Up to $15,000 of equipment and goods were stolen, and the property received $20,000 worth of damage. On top of this tragedy, owner Lorrie Tanguay was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and the family had planned to sell the property before…Details
Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park & City Dock is one of the most popular year-round destinations for boaters in Puget Sound. Bainbridge Island City Park Dock CLOSED for 2017 In 2017, the Bainbridge Island City Park Dock located on Eagle Harbor will be closed for renovations from May 1 through November 1. The adjacent launch ramp, mobile pump-out,…Details
Since the year 2000, most new boats have come equipped with shaft seals that require no packing, but inboard powered boats built before then have traditional stuffing boxes with packing. All stuffing boxes work on the same basic principle: Rings of special wax-impregnated flax packing are wrapped snugly around the prop shaft and stuffed into…Details
While touring La Conner Country Inn, I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of The Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub – Thomas and Danielle Palmer. As we talked, I discovered the pair had been a dynamic restaurateur duo in the Skagit Valley for over twenty years. Some of the names of their previous restaurants…Details
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It’s been a couple of years since we’ve written about Nell Thorn Waterfront Bistro & Bar. So, on my recent trip to La Conner, WA, I went there for dinner. Usually, I sit in the bar area because it is first-come-first-serve and has Happy Hour, which is on weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. This time, I sat…Details
When Pit Master and owner of Whitey’s BBQ told me, “It’s just the way I love to cook,” I knew I was in store for some darn good BBQ. A mechanic by trade, Tim Mallory followed his BBQ dream ten years ago and started a BBQ catering company. In October 2016, Tim and his…Details
For such a small town, La Conner has a wealth of art and museums. Museum of Northwest Art Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (Formerly La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum) Skagit County Historical Museum The Norwester Museum Tour And, all of them are less than a 15-minute walk from La Conner Marina, which makes…Details
Advocates of dripless shaft seals are quick to point out their benefits over conventional stuffing boxes – no leaks, no flax to replace, no shaft scoring. But, the zinger is always the same. While it’s true dripless shaft seals require less care than a traditional packing gland, nothing on a boat is truly maintenance free.…Details
Several years ago we replaced our satellite phone and SPOT 3 Satellite GPS Tracker with a DeLorme inReach Explorer Two-Way Satellite Communicator with Built-in Navigation. The DeLorme inReach takes satellite tracking/messaging to the next level with two-way and full global coverage through the Iridium satellite system. I’ll spare you all the details and the many options…Details
From my private balcony at the La Conner Channel Lodge, I take in the pastel painted sunset as it dances across the Swinomish Channel. To my right, are glimpses of the south basin guest moorage docks at La Conner Marina. Even on a chilly winter day, boats are docked at the marina which is only a…Details